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Recruiting for new Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Pharmacology

The British Journal of Pharmacology (BJP) is a broad-based journal giving leading international coverage of all aspects of experimental pharmacology. It publishes high quality original research and authoritative reviews and is published fortnightly. The British Pharmacological Society is seeking to appoint a new Editor-in-Chief to succeed Professor Ian McGrath who will complete a full term at the end of 2015. The Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for continuing to improve the quality of BJP, and driving new initiatives for the journal. The Editor-in-Chief will deliver strategic direction to the journal, and contribute more broadly to BPS’s publication strategy. View job description.

Please direct any questions regarding the recruitment process to Ruth Meyer (020 7417 0110, The deadline for applications is Monday 11 May 2015 and interviews will be held in the second week of June.

Recruiting for two new Senior Editors, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (BJCP) is a leading international clinical pharmacology journal, with an impact factor of 3.688. BJCP is published by Wiley and owned by the British Pharmacological Society (BPS). BJCP is looking to appoint a new European Senior Editor, and a new Australasian Editor (professionally based in those areas). The Editor-in-Chief (Professor Adam Cohen) is supported by six Senior Editors:

  • • European Editors – Professors Ton de Boer & Yoon Loke
  • • Australasian Editor – Professor Andrew Somogyi
  • • American Editor – Professor David Flockhart / Dr. Rob Bies
  • • Reviews Editor – Professor Albert Ferro
  • • Senior Online Editor – Dr Annette Gilchrist
  • • Education Editor – Dr Sarah Ross

Professors Loke and Somogyi will demit after completing their full term of office. Senior Editors are responsible for initial triage of submissions, assignment of manuscripts to Executive Editors, taking the final accept/reject decision and communication with authors. Senior Editors also contribute to strategy and running of the journal via monthly teleconferences, and are asked to:

  • • Act as an advocate for the journal in their institutions and at scientific meetings
  • • Submit to the journal, where appropriate
  • • Follow the BJCP Editorial code of conduct
  • • Work with the Reviews Editors to produce reviews and themed issues
  • • Contribute BJCP features such as editorials and commentaries
  • • Handle appeals from authors, and advise on ethical issues
  • • Support Executive Editors, particularly recently appointed Executive Editors, in their role by providing advice where requested
  • • Contribute to managing the Editorial Board by overseeing Executive Editor progress and performance Incoming

Senior Editors receive training on the ScholarOne submission system. We plan to appoint in June for a start date in July to allow a 6-month overlap and handover with the current Senior Editors. The initial appointment is for four years, with a possibility of year-on-year mutually agreed extensions to a maximum of seven years. This position is remunerated. Senior Editors are expected to be current members of the BPS, or willing to join the Society. Previous editorial experience is required.

BJCP’s broad range of coverage and its regional Senior Editorship appointment means that Senior Editors will oversee articles covering the breadth of the discipline of clinical pharmacology and not falling directly within their own specialised range of expertise, so candidates must be prepared to oversee all submissions irrespective of the area.

Questions about BJCP and/or the Senior Editor roles can be addressed informally and in confidence to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Adam Cohen or to Professors Andrew Somogyi and Yoon Loke.

Interested applicants should send their CV, and a covering letter explaining their suitability for the role, to Ruth Meyer at BPS by Monday 18 May.

Interviews will be held (by teleconference) in mid June. For further information about BJCP please see:

Secretariat support for the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)

Primary Purpose
The postholder will work in a small team within the Home Office Science Secretariat and Services Unit, responsible for the provision of a high quality secretariat support service to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

Key Responsibilities
The post holder will be responsible for:

  • • Supporting the ACMD Secretary in the provision of expert independent science advice to Ministers and other stakeholders. This will include assisting with the project management of the entire science evidence procurement process including the establishment of working groups, development of terms of reference, collating and presenting complex information, negotiating and meeting deadlines, through to managing the delivery of advice to Ministers, its publication and associated press work.
  • • Developing and reviewing systems to expedite the sourcing of information to underpin advice, carrying out research autonomously, assisting committee experts in interpreting results, drafting correspondence and technical reports ensuring that information is accessible to its intended audience.
  • • Supporting the ACMD’s full council meetings, ensuring that outputs from the sub-committees and working groups are suitably robust and presented to full council in a timely manner. Developing and reviewing quality assurance and feedback systems to ensure that the secretariat support provided continues to improve. This will involve developing a comprehensive knowledge of subject areas and stakeholder interests, helping to establish the committee’s programme of work, identifying priorities, risks, opportunities etc., briefing the chairs, drafting and agreeing agendas, commissioning and writing papers, taking minutes, co-ordinating and carrying out actions from meetings and ensuring that regular feedback is provided concerning the implementation of the council’s recommendations.
  • • Creating new links with relevant partners to improve the evidence-base and improve the quality of advice that the ACMD produces.
  • • Scientific lead for the co-ordination and continuous improvement of the ACMD’s horizon scanning capability: develop systems to enable regular systematic reviews of multiple sources of evidence and collation and analysis of the information collected provide competent technical briefings to assist experts in the evaluation and prioritisation of the evidence base to pro-actively inform the ACMD’s work programme.
  • • Administrative lead for the ACMD. This includes • Co-ordinating the annual appraisal of members. Working with the public appointments team to ensure due process and rigour in the reappointment of members and recruitment of new members and co-opted members.
  • • Assisting the ACMD secretary in compiling the ACMD’s annual report, responding to correspondence and information requests from Cabinet Office and other teams within Government, e.g. the Better Regulation Unit, Triennial Review Team, Parliamentary Questions, Freedom of Information requests.
  • • Oversight of the review and maintenance of ACMD’s website and electronic filing systems.
  • • Line management and support of one Executive Officer. This is an important post which requires good judgement, excellent management skills, and the ability to build and maintain positive stakeholder relationships at a senior level. The role involves working under pressure to meet tight deadlines and extensive use of initiative.
  • Apply online before 30 March 2015.

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